Melissa Cruz

Melissa Cruz is the Communications Associate at the American Immigration Council. She oversees media relations and content creation for ImmigrationImpact.com, the Council’s daily online publication. Previously, she worked as a political reporter for RealClearPolitics and Bustle, as well as a writer for the Human Rights Campaign. Melissa received her B.A. in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Georgia State University.

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Top Five Immigration Stories of 2017

Written by on December 22, 2017 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Top Five Immigration Stories of 2017

The 2017 news cycle was filled with devastating stories of family separation as the Trump Administration began to place its mark on American’s immigration policy. While the coverage of immigration has been broad, we consider these to be the top five stories of 2017.

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Where Doug Jones Stands on Immigration Policy

Where Doug Jones Stands on Immigration Policy

Doug Jones, a former Democratic prosecutor once considered a longshot in Republican-majority Alabama, narrowly won the state’s Senate race Tuesday evening in what may ultimately prove to be a needed boost for immigrants’ rights on Capitol Hill. Jones’ stance on immigration was largely captured during the contentious Senate race, in which he was repeatedly questioned […]

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The Dream Act Could Add Millions to Your Congressional District

The Dream Act Could Add Millions to Your Congressional District

Current and former recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative are asking Congress to recognize the impact they and other Dreamers have on the United States, and to subsequently pass legislation that protects them from deportation and places them on a path to citizenship. One of the clear benefits of providing young […]

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Dreamer Movement Gains Support as Deadline for a Legislative Solution Approaches

Written by on December 4, 2017 in Benefits & Relief, DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 0 Comments
Dreamer Movement Gains Support as Deadline for a Legislative Solution Approaches

A growing coalition is voicing its support for finding a permanent, legislative solution for the young immigrants thrown into limbo with the recent termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. With more and more Dreamers losing their status by the day, a groundswell of support is forming to create a fix by […]

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As Immigration Enforcement Ramps up, Neighbors Sign up to Defend Immigrants

Written by on November 28, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
As Immigration Enforcement Ramps up, Neighbors Sign up to Defend Immigrants

In the face of heightened threats around immigration enforcement, communities are taking action to ensure due process for their undocumented community members. These rapid response efforts are being undertaken by a growing network of community members—from students to salesmen to social workers—who are volunteering to witness arrests conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. […]

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USCIS Will Now Consider the DACA Applications That Got Lost in the Mail

USCIS Will Now Consider the DACA Applications That Got Lost in the Mail

When a slowdown with the U.S. Postal Service caused over 100 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals renewal applications to arrive after the October 5 deadline, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services said there was nothing it could do—the rejection was final. But in a reversal announced on Wednesday night, USCIS will now allow applicants to […]

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USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

Written by on November 13, 2017 in Adjustment of Status with 2 Comments
USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

The average processing time for United States citizenship applications used to take five to seven months – already a lengthy timeline for immigrants waiting to get their citizenship vetted and approved. A spike in applications before and after the 2016 presidential election has caused that wait time to double. Yet, immigrants by and large are […]

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The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

The United States Armed Forces has long valued the contributions of immigrants—from the War of 1812 to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S.-born and immigrant soldiers have fought alongside one another with no concern for nationality or immigration status. Yet, within the first several months of the Trump presidency, the administration has created […]

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Immigrants and Refugees Are Among America’s 2017 Nobel Prize Winners

Written by on October 19, 2017 in Demographics, Economics, Employment Based, Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrants and Refugees Are Among America’s 2017 Nobel Prize Winners

The Nobel Prizes, awarded annually in recognition of extraordinary achievement in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace, have once again been won by Americans who came here as immigrants and refugees. Three out of the five Nobel Prize categories included immigrants or refugees. Immigrants have a history of winning The Nobel Foundation’s numerous […]

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USCIS Reveals Nearly 25 Percent of Eligible Dreamers Did Not Submit Their Renewal Application on Time

USCIS Reveals Nearly 25 Percent of Eligible Dreamers Did Not Submit Their Renewal Application on Time

Now that the arbitrary deadline for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals has passed, approximately 36,000 young immigrants are in danger of being deported. New data from United States and Citizenship Services (USCIS) reveals that roughly one-quarter of all eligible, former DACA recipients did not submit their application in time to meet the October […]

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